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    Toshiba multimedia keys

    Hi there,

    I have brand new Toshiba U400-138 laptop. I loaded the system from Live CD and was happy to find out that everything works flawlessly - even the multimedia keys.

    But after the system installation the keys for muting, launching media player and others stopped to work. I even re-set them from System-> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts but they still do not want to work. Anyone have similar problem or solution?

    Thx in advance!

    P.S: The volume wheel works.

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    i tried to configure the multimedia key for Rhythmbox, and i guess that that key is deactivated, because doesn't respond.

    I have a Satellite A215-SP5811

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    I'm glad to see all of us Satellite users have this problem! My screen dimming functionality doesn't work either. (But go volume wheel!)
    Hello world!

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    Quote Originally Posted by Shwefty View Post
    I'm glad to see all of us Satellite users have this problem! My screen dimming functionality doesn't work either. (But go volume wheel!)
    So why are you GLAD because other people also have the same problem?
    Last edited by Olnex; December 29th, 2008 at 02:51 PM.

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    Hola..
    I have a toshiba A300 satellite.. I have the exact SAME problem with 8.10
    the volume wheel works.. If i set the preferences then the mute works only until i use the volume wheel..
    Am glad to see am not the only one....

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    Toshiba M55 user here. I don't have a volume wheel, just a play/pause, stop, forward, back, media player, and internet button on the right side of my keyboard. When I was in Windows, they would only work with Windows Media Player and WinDVD. Now in Linux, they don't work at all.

    Tried installing Keytouch and Keytouch editor, which is supposed to allow you to figure out what input your atypical function keys come in on and do a custom mapping, but none of the input events keytouch located were associated with my multimedia keys.

    Would love to see them work with Banshee, which is what I use for music now, or VLC, which I use for DVDs, but not sure where to look next....

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    Now I'm using Archlinux with Gnome desktop, apart from the bluetooth module(I haven't got time to deal with it), everything works very well, including suspend/hibernate/resume, power management, volume wheel and ALL the multimedia keys.

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    Also, I forgot to mention, camera, wifi, and most importantly, built-in mic and external mic jack also work well.
    But, the fingerprint reader does not work, maybe because I didn't install proper driver, it works under Opensuse 11.1 out of the box, so I believe its hardware is supported by Linux, just need the right drivers.
    Haven't tried the wifi switch yet.

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    You can do this... in any distribution:

    to find out wich button is which... just run this on a terminal and press the buttons one by one and close the program:

    Code:
    xev | sed -n 's/^.*keycode *\([0-9]\+\).*$/keycode \1 = /p' | uniq
    you will have a result like this:

    Code:
    keycode 126 =
    keycode 133 =
    then just edit/create the file in your home

    Code:
    gedit ~/.Xmodmap
    and put these lines in that file:
    the number of keycode number is assignated to an action!
    Code:
    keycode 222 = XF86PowerOff
    keycode 223 = XF86Sleep
    keycode 236 = XF86Mail
    keycode 229 = XF86Search
    keycode 230 = XF86Favorites
    keycode 178 = XF86WWW
    
    keycode 162 = XF86AudioPlay
    keycode 164 = XF86AudioStop
    keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
    keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev
    keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext
    keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
    keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
    and then run:
    Code:
    /usr/bin/xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap
    to automatize this edit/create the file in your home:

    Code:
    gedit ~/.xsession
    and write this:

    Code:
    /usr/bin/xmodmap $HOME/.Xmodmap


    from:
    http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Multimedia_Keys

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    Re: Toshiba multimedia keys

    I installed Jaunty on my brand new Toshiba Satellite a305 a week or two ago. I loaded it up and everything worked fine, including the multimedia buttons. In fact, they performed just fine with Rhythmbox.
    But recently, they don't work at all. When I run xev, it doesn't recognize any of them except the mute key. I can't get the system to acknowledge the presence of these keys no matter what I do.
    If these keys had never worked, I wouldn't bother, but I'm a little frustrated that they would stop working.

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